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Gather Supplies (Part 1 of the Draft Your New Favourite T-Shirt Pattern Series)

This is part 1 in our t-shirt pattern drafting series.

In this step we will begin by gathering the supplies we will need to complete drafting and sewing out new t-shirts. I have broken the supplies down into what is needed for each step further down the page, so you can plan accordingly.

 

The complete list:

  • 1-2 yards of stretch knit fabric (the amount will depend on your size, garment length and the fabric width)
    • I really like the drape of a rayon blend jersey fabric, but you can use whatever stretch knit you would like. You will need a knit with at least 40% stretch for the neckband.
    • If you are new to working with knits, check out episode 2 of my podcast for helpful tips. This blog post from Live Free Creative is so good at showing the different types of knit fabric and how they look as garments.
  • Tight fitting clothing and the undergarments you plan to wear under your new t-shirt so your  measurements are accurate.
  • Your printed copy of your Body Measurement Cart
  • A printed copy of the T-shirt Drafting Calculations Worksheet
  • A tailors curve (you can print one here– I use the largest size in my video as well as the hip curve)
  • Ruler (wide & transparent if possible, but not necessary)
  • A tape measure
  • A pencil
  • A ribbon or string to tie around your waist (you may want a second one to tie around your hips)
  • A large piece of paper
  • Scissors
  • Fabric scissors OR cutting mat and rotary cutter
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Sewing machine with stretch stitch (zig zag will work)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Pins or clips
  • Access to our Facebook group, or Instagram 🙂

 

Optional:

  • Calculator
  • Pattern weights (you could even make some cute ones)
  • Tape & extra pencil
  • Serger
  • Stitch Witchery (or similar for finishing serger ends)
  • Wonder Tape

 

 

Step By Step List:

 

Supplies for Taking Measurements:

  • Tight fitting clothing and the undergarments you plan to wear under your new t-shirt so your  measurements are accurate.
  • Your printed copy of your Body Measurement Cart
  • A pencil to write down your measurements
  • A ribbon or string to tie around your waist (you may want a second one to tie around your hips).
  • A tape measure

 

Supplies for Calculations:

  • Your copy of your Body Measurement (from previous step) Chart with your measurements filled in
  • A printed copy of the T-shirt Drafting Calculations Worksheet
  • Pencil
  • Optional: Calculator

 

Supplies of Drafting the Bodice:

  • Ruler (wide & transparent if possible, but not necessary)
  • A tailors curve (you can print one here– I use the largest size in my video)
  • A pencil
  • Your completed copy of the T-Shirt Drafting Calculations Worksheet (from the previous step)
  • A large piece of paper

Optional:

 

Supplies for Drafting the Sleeve:

  • Ruler (wide & transparent if possible, but not necessary)
  • A tailors curve (you can print one here).
  • A pencil
  • Your completed copy of the T-Shirt Drafting Calculations Worksheet
  • Your bodice pattern piece
  • A large piece of paper (you can use the same sheet as your bodice pattern if there is room

Optional:

 

Supplies for Finishing the Pattern:

  • Ruler (wide & transparent if possible, but not necessary)
  • A pencil
  • Your bodice pattern
  • Your sleeve pattern
  • You may need your tailor’s curve depending on what pattern adjustments you make.

Optional for seam allowance:

  • Tape & extra pencil

 

Supplies for Cutting the Pieces:

  • 1-2 yards of stretch knit fabric (the amount will depend on your size, garment length and the fabric width)
    • I really like the drape of a rayon blend jersey fabric, but you can use whatever stretch knit you would like. You will need a knit with at least 40% stretch for the neckband.
    • If you are new to working with knits, check out episode 2 of my podcast for helpful tips. This blog post from Live Free Creative is so good at showing the different types of knit fabric and how they look as garments.
  • Tape Measure
  • Bodice and Sleeve Patterns
  • Scissors
  • Fabric scissors OR cutting mat and rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Iron & ironing board (if your fabric needs pressing)

 

Supplies for Sewing the T-Shirt:

  • Cut pattern pieces (fabric)
  • Sewing machine with stretch stitch (zig zag will work)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Pins or clips
  • Scissors
  • Iron & ironing board

Optional:

  • Serger
  • Stitch Witchery (or similar for finishing serger ends)
  • Wonder Tape

 

Supplies for Sharing your Creation:

 

Once you have your supplies gathered, you can move on to taking your measurements!

I’d love to hear from you! Do you have any questions yet? What kind of fabric are you working with? Comment below, in our Facebook group, or use our Instagram hashtag #appletreedraftatee.

2 Comment

    1. Thank you Barb! You are so sweet. I have more to record, but I’m not sure when I’ll get to it 😉 Stay tuned for more though!

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